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See also: Reign
- raygne (obsolete)
reign (plural reigns)
- The exercise of sovereign power.
- England prospered under Elizabeth I.'s reign.
- Saturn's sons received the threefold reign / Of heaven, of ocean, and deep hell beneath.
- The period during which a monarch rules.
- The reign of Victoria was a long one.
- The territory or sphere over which a kingdom; empire; realm; dominion, etc. is ruled.
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The exercise of sovereign power
The period during which a monarch rules
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- (transitive, intransitive) To exercise sovereign power, or to rule as a monarch
- He reigned in an autocratic manner.
- 2002, David Jeremiah, C. C. Carlson, The Handwriting on the Wall
- With an ear-shattering roar, the huge cats came bounding from their caverns and skidded to a stop as if a powerful hand had reigned them abruptly.
exercise sovereign power